Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster


Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

Japanese poster
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Peter Fernandez (English version)
Starring Akira Takarada
Kumi Mizuno
Chotaro Togin
Hideo Sunazuka
Toru Watanabe
Toru Ibuki
Akihiko Hirata
Jun Tazaki
Ikio Sawamura
Pair Bambi
Eisei Amamoto
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Music by Masaru Sato
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Walter Reade Organization
Release date(s) December 17, 1966 (Japan)
1967 (USA)
Running time 87 min. (83 min. dubbed)
Language Japanese, English
Budget $1,200,000[citation needed]

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, released in Japan as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō?) and known internationally as Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film directed by Jun Fukuda and written by Shinichi Sekizawa. This is the first film in the series with special effects directed by Sadamasa Arikawa. Eiji Tsuburaya, now very busy with Tsuburaya Productions, supervised the effects shoot.[1] The film is the seventh in the original Godzilla series.

In 1991, the film was shown on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Plot

After Yata (Tooru Ibuki) is lost at sea, his brother Ryota (Tooru Watanabe) steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. The crew runs afoul of the giant lobster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, known as the Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken Mothra to rescue them.

In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant lobster escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by a giant condor and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them.

The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.

Cast

  • Akira Takarada as Yoshimura
  • Tooru Watanabe as Ryota Kane
  • Tooru Ibuki as Yata Kane
  • Choutarou Tougin as Ichino
  • Hideo Sunazuka as Nita
  • Kumi Mizuno as Dayo
  • Pair Bambi as Shobijin
  • Jun Tazaki as Red Bamboo Commander, one of the two primary antagonists of the film.
  • Akihiko Hirata as Captain Ryuui (Yamoto in English version)
  • Eisei Amamoto as Carrier Captain
  • Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
  • Yū Sekida as Ebirah, one of the two primary antagonists of the film.

Production

The film was originally written for King Kong, but Toho switched Kong with another popular character at the time, Godzilla. This explains why Godzilla displays uncharacteristic behavior in the film, such as drawing strength from electricity, his curiosity to Kumi Mizuno's character, and the usage of boulders to destroy the Red Bamboo Base. Toho would later use Kong for King Kong Escapes.

The US television version and early video versions have a different opening to the film. The opening scenes of Ryota at the Maritime Safety Agency searching for news of his brother have been replaced with a scene supposedly showing Ebirah destroying Yata's boat. This sequence was created by editing a later scene in the movie. The current DVD version of the film restores the Japanese cut.

In 1991, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was distributed under the Film Ventures International name. The company replaced the opening with a generic credit sequence, using footage from Son of Godzilla. This version aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

English version

In 1967, the film was released directly to television in North America by the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to not receive North American theatrical distribution. As with Walter Reade Organizations' next Godzilla release, Son of Godzilla, this movie was dubbed by Titra Studios.

There were several alterations made for this release:

  • Dialogue was dubbed to English.
  • Captain Ryuui's name was changed to Yamoto.
  • Deleted: The opening credits sequence. This version features only the title card, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.
  • Deleted: A scene where Ryoto goes to the Maritime Safety office and sees a poster on the wall for a dance contest.
  • Deleted: Rock music that played in the Japanese version during Godzilla and Ebirah's battle.

The English version runs 83 minutes, four minutes shorter than the Japanese version.

In 2005, Sony released the film on DVD. This was the first time the original Japanese version had been officially released on home video in the United States. The original American version, however, was replaced by Toho's international version, which is uncut. The dubbing in this version is often cited as inferior to the original Titra Studios dub.

Titles

  • Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Battle in the South Seas - Translated Japanese title.
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep - Toho's official English title.
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster - U.S. version title.
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from the Sea - German title (Frankenstein was added to the plot.)

Box office

In Japan, the film was released on December 17, 1966 and sold approximately 3,450,000 tickets. It was re-released on July 22, 1972 and sold approximately 760,000 tickets.

DVD release

Sony Pictures

  • Released: February 8, 2005
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
  • Sound: Japanese (2.0), English (2.0)
  • Supplements: Trailers for Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, MirrorMask, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and Steamboy
  • Region 1
  • Note: Contain's Toho's International Version
  • MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi monster violence

References

  1. ^ Ragone, August. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. 2007. Pg.145

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